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Gordon Mitchell

Artist Biography

Gordon Mitchell was born in 1952 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He embarked on a career in teaching until becoming a full-time painter in 1989.

A prolific painter, Mitchell is often labelled a surrealist, though he thinks not but certainly wants his work to be thought-provoking. Inspiration can be a group of words, a topical news story, but more usually it's a visual pun that his pictures develop out of. Routine and his own family - rather than the one he came from - have always meant much to him. He works hard and does not sleep much. He likes an intensive, regular, daily eight hours in his studio. Sculpture, for which he also won prizes at College, continues its appeal; but for Mitchell, it involves a process that takes too long whereas to him, painting is an immediate form of expression - often he will not know what he will put on his canvas until he takes up his brush. 

Mitchell is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (1997), the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998) and the Royal Scottish Academy (2005).

Selected Exhibitions 

Awards include: 

RSA - Student Prize; EIS Purchase Prize; City Arts Centre Open Scottish Competition; RSW - Sir William Gillies Award; SAAC - Dunfermline Building Society Award; Scottish Provident Award; Whyte & MacKay Award; RGI - Scottish Amicable Prize; Royal Bank of Scotland Award; RSA - John Murray Thompson Award; RSA - Maude Gemmel Hutchison Prize; Glasgow Mayfest - Paper Boat Award – Inverarity One to One Travel Award 

Solo Exhibitions include: 

1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow 

1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 

2002, 2004, 2006 Albemarle Gallery, London 

2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 Portland Gallery, London 

Collections include: 

Alliance & Leicester Building Society, Edinburgh

Arthur Andersen

Diageo plc Distillers Co. plc 

Edinburgh College of Art 

Franco’s Restaurant, London 

Kansas City Art Institute 

Macfarlane Group plc

National Westminster Bank 

Paisley Art Institute

Pears Soap

Royal Bank of Scotland 

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish Brewers Ltd 

The Knesset, Israel 

University of Edinburgh 

Welcome Inns 

Whyte & Mackay Group 

William Teacher & Sons